Artorius Castus

A word on Artorius Castus

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on August 23, 2007

In case anyone is wondering about the name of the blog, it is derived from the Jerry Bruckheimer film, King Arthur. Jerry subscribes to the theory that the basis for the Legendary King Arthur was actually a Roman Soldier, a Dux, if you will. There actually WAS an Artorius Castus who really was a Roman Dux in Roman occupied Brittania. References to the real Artorius were found on a sarcophagus in the Danube area, telling tales of a great Dux who sent to keep order in Brittania around 200 AD. His job was to keep order around a section of Hadrians Wall in what is now northern Britain. This wall literally marked the furthest reaches of the Roman Empire. The Celts and the Caledonians, understandably pissed off about the Romans being there at all, were givng the Romans fits. They eventually forced the Romans out in the 400s AD.

The King Arthur that most people know, was a romantic figure portrayed in Sir Thomas Mallory’s “Le Mort du Arthur”, written in the early 1400’s. But I choose to believe the Roman angle. The Venerable Bede, a Dark Ages chronichler, mentions Castus briefly in one of his manuscripts, writen in the 600s AD, I believe.

It was an excellent movie with Clive Owen playing Arthur and Keira Knightley (Ooh la la!) playing Guinevere. Excellent movie with some great acting. I heartily recommend it…

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